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Dell Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablets trounce Surface Pro 2

Dell Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablets trounce Surface Pro 2

Dell has taken the wraps off two new tablets in its resurrected Venue range, the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro running Windows 8.1. The Venue 8 Pro puts Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch HD IPS touchscreen with an optional digitizer pen and the chance to add integrated LTE, with Intel Atom Baytrail under the hood. As for the Venue 11 Pro, that steps up to a Full HD 11-inch display and a detachable keyboard for easier text entry, with the same Active Stylus option.

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Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

Windows 7 market share growth sees first outpacing of Windows 8

In June, Microsoft saw Windows 8 market share overtake Vista, at the time laying claim to 5.1-percent among every desktop OS in June 2013, trumping Vista's 4.62-percent for the same month. The newest Windows edition still fell behind Windows 7 and XP, however, and now the numbers are heading in the wrong direction, depending on your perspective, with Windows 7 market share growth outpacing Windows 8 for the first time.

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Surface in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Microsoft VP promises

Surface in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Microsoft VP promises

Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay has confirmed that "multiple aspect ratios and sizes" are in the pipeline, though declined to comment specifically on longstanding speculation around a "Surface Mini" tablet. Chatter of a 7- to 8-inch Surface to take on the iPad mini and Nexus 7 has persisted since the launch of the original model in 2012, though Microsoft did not wheel out its smaller slate when it unveiled second-gen Surface hardware last month. However, that doesn't mean new devices aren't in the pipeline.

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Windows 8.1 makes cloud storage viable SkyDrive “smart files” search from desktop

Windows 8.1 makes cloud storage viable SkyDrive “smart files” search from desktop

If you've been rather hesitant to use the likes of cloud storage - that is, using something like SkyDrive to hold your files online - the folks at Microsoft may have a solution that'll turn your head. While working with cloud storage often means you'll have to either have a copy of each of your files on your local computer OR that you'll be unable to work with a single search source, SkyDrive "smart files" attempts to solve all that nonsense. Here you'll be able to have a single search bar on your desktop that'll allow you to search and see both local files and all of your files in the cloud all at once.

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Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his last company-wide employee meeting talk this week, ending with an emotional outpouring of gratitude and appreciation for the company and for the thousands of employees in attendance. The outpouring ran in both directions. The audience cheered as Ballmer shouted, "Soak it in! All of you. Soak it in. You work for the greatest company in the world. Soak it in. And I want to say thank you. I want to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you."

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Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia tablet clears FCC with Verizon and AT&T LTE

Nokia's much-rumored tablet has appeared at the FCC undergoing LTE testing, with the Finnish company almost completely squeezing out references to the form factor of what's expected to be a Windows RT based machine. Listed as the Nokia RX-114, the device makes no mention of its design until the final page, when it's outed as a tablet. It's expected to be among a rumored six new devices to be shown off for the first time on October 22nd

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